Bowie, an almost mythic pop-culture force, mastered a litany of genres throughout his chameleonic career, including rock, glam rock, art rock, pop, soul, punk, electronica, and more. His influence is incalculable.
The London-born music legend's classic 1972 album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, introduced the world to his titular/androgynous alter ego. The Thin White Duke, another of his personas, would arrive years later.
Many of Bowie's other albums — notably Hunky Dory (1971), Young Americans (1975), Station to Station (1976), and Let's Dance (1983) — are considered among the greatest of all time. His 25th full-length release, Blackstar, dropped just last week.
"He always did what he wanted to do," longtime Bowie producer Tony Visconti wrote Monday on Facebook. "And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was not different from his life — a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift."
Bowie is known for hit songs like "Space Oddity," "Let's Dance," "The Man Who Sold the World," "Changes," "Suffragette City," "Rebel Rebel," "Heroes," "Fame," and many, many more. He also starred in films, including The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and Labyrinth (1986).
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is survived by his wife, Iman, and children Duncan and Lexi Jones. Bowie will be honored March 31 at New York City's Carnegie Hall with tribute performances from the Roots, the Mountain Goats, Perry Farrell, Cyndi Lauper, and others.Here's a small sampling of the outpouring of grief from celebrities on Twitter:
David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.
MESSAGE FROM IGGY: "David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is. - Iggy Pop"— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) January 11, 2016
Rest in peace David Bowie... Universe traveler dream bringer song singer... I'm glad you were here and will keep listening, as always...❤️— regina spektor (@respektor) January 11, 2016
I feel like the wind has been knocked out of me - I was not ready for this. RIP Bowie.— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) January 11, 2016
If David Bowie is dead, then I am.— Har Mar Superstar (@HarMarSuperstar) January 11, 2016
It feels like we lost something elemental, as if an entire color is gone. #DavidBowie— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) January 11, 2016
RIP David Bowie - someone who was connected to the source— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) January 11, 2016
was in a session when the news about Bowie broke. we watched "black star". the session was over. no point.— el-p (@therealelp) January 11, 2016
David Bowie's music, over the years, has meant more to me than I can say. We have lost someone who imparted comfort and strength to us.— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) January 11, 2016
I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss.— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) January 11, 2016
What a honor, what a soul. David Bowie, Spirit of Gold. RIP.— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) January 11, 2016
And here is a GIF of Bowie styles throughout the years. RIP, David.
Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016